Category: Kalaa Kathaa Essays

  • FIVE RISING CONTEMPORARY ARTISTS FROM ACROSS THE ISLAND

    Our geographically petite island may not appear formidable when up against the global art movement, but Sri Lanka’s contemporary art scene is in no way as diminutive and monochromatic as even the art-inclined are led to believe. From portraiture to ceramics, photography to the varied approaches of painting on easel, local artists have often gone against the grain to contribute… Continue reading "FIVE RISING CONTEMPORARY ARTISTS FROM ACROSS THE ISLAND"

  • DIFFERENCE FRAMING

    “The only way to deal with an unfree world is to become so absolutely free that your very existence is an act of rebellion.” ― Albert Camus To interact, is sometimes to resist. To live, is sometimes an act of rebellion. To endure, sometimes the very purpose of life. The role of art in resistance – pushing back on whatever… Continue reading "DIFFERENCE FRAMING"

  • PORTRAITS OF HOME

    “Jagath Weerasinghe’s work exists in the space between the visually appealing and the conceptually uncanny.” Jagath Weerasinghe can’t remember a time when he wasn’t  drawing. At school, he would get into  trouble for using his hands   and arms as a canvas. At home, he knew better than to mark up his body or the walls, so he would take a… Continue reading "PORTRAITS OF HOME"

  • RE-APPROACHING THE ORIENT

    Orientalism by Priyantha Udagedara, is a body of work that traverses between beauty and ugliness while simultaneously questioning the formation of the lenses that construct the two. Priyantha’s work features paradisiacal dreamscapes filled with lush adornments of tropical flora, leaping mythic fauna, and nostalgic brick ruins overcome with vines. When I first encounter the large canvases, I am taken by… Continue reading "RE-APPROACHING THE ORIENT"

  • STRANGERS AND SYMBOLS

    How are we to put a finger on our present time? It seems as though Sri Lanka is hungry and in a hurry to be fed. A frenzied cultivating of car horns, enterprise and culture; the surging of new economies, market shares and highways. A future differed is revealing itself in an ahistorical outpouring: a country in a new-found state of aspiration